The Dash 8-400, or ‘Q’ as it is nicknamed, is a favorite among airlines that handle short-haul services. The turboprop regional airliner can adapt well to hard-to-reach areas in sensitive conditions. However, it’s not just passenger carriers that value the aircraft. The type is being called upon to help fight against the world’s most dangerous wildfires.
Conair has been suppressing wildfires and supporting firefighters for over five decades. The Canadian outfit uses Bird Dogs, land-based air tankers, and amphibious aircraft to lead the aerial firefighting industry, supporting government agencies with a team of 350 professionals that fly up to 12,000 flight hours yearly.
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